A Payroll Podcast Budget Special episode, recorded just 24 hours following the budget speech delivered by Philip Hammond on 29th October 2018 with Helen Hargreaves, Associate Director of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.

We sit down to discuss the key points from the 106-page budget document that will could affect payroll and tax.

In the last Budget before we exit the EU, the Chancellor Philip Hammond appeared to relish the delivery of his 2018 Budget speech.  His task this year is not an enviable one as the ‘deal or no deal’ debate continues with many questions unanswered.  The economic forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was positive; with wages growing at the fastest pace in almost a decade and we have been assured that we should expect sustained real wage growth in each of the next five years. The OBR also confirmed significant improvement in our public finances with national debt having peaked in 2016-17. This means a new path for public spending: “Fiscal Phil says Fiscal Rules OK”.  We take a deep dive into all of the announcements made and summarise it for you to digest audibly at your payroll leisure!

Budget Subjects include:

  • Tax rates and thresholds, Income tax, Devolved income tax and Company cars, vans and fuel
  • Apprentices and Transferring levy funds and Contributions to funding
  • National Insurance contributions, Limits and thresholds
  • Draft National Insurance contributions Bill
  • National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
  • Off-payroll working in the private sector
  • Parental bereavement leave and pay
  • Pensions and Savings, Lifetime Allowances and the starting rate for savings
  • Individual Savings Account (ISA) annual subscription limits
  • Child Trust Funds and Improving NS&I’s offer to customers
  • Pension Dashboards and other Digital tool proposals
  • Tax avoidance and evasion
  • Protecting your taxes in insolvency
  • Management capability and Backing entrepreneurs
  • Universal Credits and Transitioning onto Universal Credits
  • Banning pensions cold calling

We hope you enjoy this “Fiscal Phil” Budget Special episode of The Payroll Podcast!  If you know anyone else who works in payroll, then please, share this episode with your friends and get them to subscribe today!



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Previous Podcasts Episodes Include:

  1. Payroll Policy, Strategy & Technology for Generation Z – with Helen Hargreaves #013
  2. How to achieve your Payroll Performance Goals – with Ryan Mathie – #011
  3. The Payroll Apprenticeship Scheme – with Ian Holloway – #010
  4. Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & The Future of Payroll & HR – with Anita Lettink of NGAHR – #09
  5. #Passionforpayroll & Creating Effective Global Payroll Control Frameworks – With Max Van Der Klis-Busink – #08
  6. Solving Payroll & HR Workforce Challenges with LMS – with Shaun Wilde, #07
  7. Payroll Entrepreneurship and the rise in Payroll API Technology – with Stuart Hall – #06
  8. Raising the Profile of Payroll – Kate Upcraft #05
  9. Wellness and Working Well by becoming “Super-Human” – with Hari Kalymnios. #04
  10. Global Payroll & Jurisdictional Compliance with Adrian Morrissey from Immedis #03
  11. The Future of Payroll and the CIPP with Vickie Graham #02
  12. Preparing Payroll for GDPR with Richard George #01

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